Section of Chemistry

Thapper Group

Artificial photosynthesis and bioinorganic chemistry

Our research is within the fields of artificial photosynthesis and bioinorganic chemistry. For artificial photosynthesis the research is focused on synthesis of transition metal complexes as catalysts for the oxidation of water to oxygen. We are also interested in linking these catalysts to photosensitizers and/or electrode surfaces to be able to catalyse water oxidation using the energy from the sun. In our bioinorganic project we are synthesizing iron-manganese complexes as models for dimetal-carboxylate proteins. We are interested in metal specificity and the chemistry that lies behind that some dimetal-carboxylate proteins contain both manganese and iron when most contain only iron. 

For more information regarding solar fuel, see the Swedish Consortium for Artificial Photosynthesis (CAP).